Unconscious bias: Amazon forced to scrap machine learning recruitment tool because it didn’t like women

Unconscious bias: Amazon forced to scrap machine learning recruitment tool because it didn’t like women

Source: Stephanie Palmer-Derrien, Smart Company

E-commerce giant Amazon reportedly had to scrap a machine-learning recruitment tool because it was biased against female candidates.

According to a report from Reuters, Amazon started building the platform in 2014, to help speed up the recruitment process by making it automated and more efficient. It rated resumes out of five, automatically ranking candidates in terms of suitability.

However, by 2015, the company realised the tool was consistently ranking resumes that featured the word ‘women’ poorly, compared to those that didn’t.

Any resume that mentioned involvement in women’s clubs or sports teams, for example, were downgraded. According to Reuters, it also downgraded graduates of two women’s colleges. Read entire article…

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